Beverly Cleary, beloved Portland author, dies at age 104

Beverly Cleary wanted to be a writer. But first, she needed a story. She had thought she would begin her writing career with a story about a girl like the one she had been, growing up first in Yamhill County and then in Northeast Portland. “But when I sat down to write, no ideas came,” she told The Oregonian/OregonLive in 2016, shortly before her 100th birthday. • Our picks: 8 must-read Beverly Cleary books “And then I got to thinking about … a little boy when I was children’s librarian in Yakima who faced me and said, ‘Where are the books about kids like us?’ And he was right. There weren’t a…

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